I did an interview with Prism Book Alliance here and they asked me:
“As we ended King of Snowflakes, Logan was a pretty reprehensible character. Can you talk about how you turned him into a sympathetic main character?”
(Here’s my answer on “good guys” and “bad guys.”)
Well, that’s the funny part: I didn’t. I wrote him as the bad guy in book 1 because that’s how he appeared, but he wouldn’t leave me alone. He kept flashing into my mind and letting me know that I’d only scratched the surface of who he was. The more I uncovered about him, the more I cared about him. Basically, he showed me who he was under all that asshole exterior and I couldn’t help but write him a love story. I know, writers are weird.
Question from Prism
“Jeremy also wasn’t a reader’s favorite person as Snowflakes ended. Can you talk to us a bit about his relationship with Skyler?”
Jeremy and Skyler dated for about 6 months and book 1 starts after their break up. We get to see the crushing effects of it for Skyler in King of Snowflakes, but Jeremy (from the outside) looks unaffected. It was his cheating that drove the nails into that coffin in the first place! But then, things are never simple, are they? It’s not until Jeremy gets utterly rejected on a personal level that he takes a good hard look at himself. That’s where King of Rain begins.
I wanted to share this snippet because so often stories focus on protagonist and antagonist. The lines between the 2 are often blurry for me as a reader and viewer. I tend to think of the good guy as the perspective I’m inside of, rather than the person with the best moral compass. If I’m deeply inside the point of view of a character, and I can understand why they do what they do and want what they want, I’m usually rooting for them.
How about you? Where do you naturally draw the lines?